Based half-each on vintages 2010 and 2009, and with 10% Pinot Noir 'smuggled in,' Agrapart’s NV Brut Blanc De Blancs 7 Crus E13 – named for the seven Cote des Blancs villages from which it is sourced, and in this instance disgorged in May, 2013 – displays uncommon delicacy, buoyancy, tension and nuance for an 'intro-level' cuvee, and that uncannily combined with a sense of richness and purity to its white peach and grapefruit. Almond and pistachio cream lend allure; chalk and salt along with piquancy of peach kernel and toasted pumpkin seed impart interest, invigoration and saliva-inducement to an effusively juicy, succulent and refreshingly sustained finish. Seven grams of residual sugar, incidentally, is fairly high by estate standards but perfectly complements this wine’s forward fruit without engendering any sense of outright sweetness. This exceptional value in Champagne should remain irresistible for at least the next couple of years, and I shall be anxious to experience what happens further down the pike as I revisit the bottles I recently purchased (because older 'intro-level' bottles are not usually something that growers – or, for that matter, most self-styled wine collectors – can lay their hands on to pour for you). (DS)
This blends estate-grown chardonnay from all seven villages of the Côte des Blancs into a chalky Champagne. Flavors of lemon flan and the oyster shell scent of limestone come between the bubbles, as does a refreshing edge of white grapefruit pith. It lasts on a balance of zesty and creamy notes, delicious on its own or with a range of raw shellfish.
The NV 7 Crus is bright, precise and sculpted, as all of Agrapart Champagnes are. A dollop of Pinot Noir adds richness, but the 7 Crus is now very much in line stylistically with the other wines in the range, which was not the case when this cuvée was first introduced. Citrus, floral and almond notes all resonate in a Champagne that combines Côte des Blanc Chardonnay energy with an extra kick of texture from the Pinot that really comes through on the finish. This release is a blend of equal parts 2016 and 2015 from the villages of Avize, Oger, Oiry, Cramant, Avenay Val d’Or, Bergères les Vertus and Mardeuil. Dosage: 7 gr/L. Disgorged: May, 2019. (AG)
Floral and fresh, this elegant version offers hints of blackberry, slivered almond, tangy apple and smoky mineral riding a tightly knit, silky texture. Disgorged February 2014.
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